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Aubuchon Hardware Tip: An older hand saw will begin "pulling" to the left or to the right during the cut, telling you the saw needs to be properly set and evenly filed. If you have two options if you aren't willing to try this yourself; purchase a new hand saw as it will already be pre-set and filed, or you can hire someone to set and file your saw. Most people will go straight to the hardware store for a new model, but if you know someone who can do the work, you may wish to hang on to those old saws, especially if they have some kind of sentimental value.